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Member News — New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP) Announces 2018 Manufacturing Awards Finalists
August 22nd, 2018

The standout manufacturers of The Garden State have been recognized by their peers and New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP) is pleased to announce the 2018 Manufacturing Award Finalists. Awards will be presented to Manufacturer of the Year (Small, Medium, Large, Young/Startup), Innovator of the Year, and the Raymond Hopp Award for Excellence, during the seventh annual “Made in New Jersey” Manufacturing Day. The event will take place on October 5, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marigold in Somerset, New Jersey.

NJMEP is a not-for-profit company that works with New Jersey’s small to mid-sized manufacturers to help them become more efficient, profitable and globally competitive. Finalists for the 2018 Manufacturing Awards were based on nominations of companies who met specific criteria.

“The 2018 Manufacturing Awards finalists demonstrate industry leadership, innovation, growth, and a commitment to development of their employees and communities,” states John W. Kennedy, P.h.D, CEO of NJMEP. “New Jersey manufacturers have a global reach and NJMEP looks forward to honoring those who are making an impact on our economy and the careers of our citizens during Manufacturing Day 2018.”

The 2018 Manufacturing Awards Finalists are as follows:

Manufacturer of the Year – Small (50 or less employees)
 WEXCO Industries
 Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc.
 eMachine Shop
 Messinas
 Mincing Spice Company

Manufacturer of the Year – Medium (between 51 and 250 employees)
 Earth Friendly Products
 Carl Stahl Sava Industries
 Repechage
 Edmund Optics

Manufacturer of the Year – Large (251 employees or more)
 Schuman Cheese
 Component Hardware
 Naturex

Manufacturer of the Year – Young/Start Up (in business 5 years or less)
 Hot Sauce for Good (Caldo Sauce)
 Designs by Kait & Mike

Innovator of the Year
 Parts Life, Inc.
 Acrow Corporation of America
 eMazzanti Technologies

Raymond Hopp Award for Excellence
 Rafael Mendez, Tropical Cheese Industries
 Alan Haveson, formerly of Lee Linear and Eastern Bearing
 John Polite, INOPAK LTD

At Manufacturing Day 2018, NJMEP will bring together manufacturers, students, supporters, legislators and industry experts in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing. In addition to the awards presentation, specifically designed workshops and seminars will educate about best practices on critical topics and encourage partnerships between
business and community leaders.

Manufacturing Day 2018 registration is now open. To get the full agenda, including a list of breakout sessions and speakers as they are announced, and to confirm your spot, please visit

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